In God We Trust

“In God We Trust”, in such simple language, reveals the simple creed of A Nation’s faith.

It’s not the president, the Federal Government or the Federal Reserve we trust!   It’s not the Democrats or the Republicans!  It’s not flags, cakes, monuments or the media we place our Trust.  Our trust is not ensconced in the institutions of healthcare, the FDA or the EPA or the Pastor at the local church, our friends, neighbors or ourselves!  Our Nation’s Trust – is in God! Continue To Read More

It’s Not About Points

Not long ago on a Friday a friend and I stopped for lunch at a fast food restaurant. It being Lent my Protestant friend knew I couldn’t eat meat. What he didn’t know is that I was also on a paleo diet. Needless to say my options were rather limited. A few days later he was telling the story to his wife and turned to me and said, “You know God doesn’t give extra points for that, right?”

I knew what he meant as I had grown up in a similar evangelical tradition. The view is that you are either saved or not and there is nothing we can do to influence our salvation except to make the decision to accept Jesus as our personal lord and savior. Accepting this gift through faith God now ‘covers’ our sins and sinful nature with Christ and allows us Continue To Read More

The Easter in You: An Eastertide Reflection

The following was given as a talk at a church prayer group in Smyrna, TN.

+In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

In December of last year, I wrote an article for Laudare Outreach Ministries that went up a few days after Christmas day. This article, titled very similar to this talk, was called “The Christmas in You: A Christmastide Reflection.” Three important points were made in this piece. 1) Christmas, which had occurred four days prior, was not over and done at 12:00 midnight on December 26 (though it is often treated that way by both the secular world and Christians). 2) The road to Christmas that is Advent prepares us for the great Gift we are to receive on the 25th. And 3) There are major Eucharistic implications upon the spiritual life that come with Christmas – including the realization that Christmas comes to be, quite Continue To Read More

Allegory of the Net

Imagine that you live in a nice apartment. There’s a comfy bed, wall sized high def TV, and a smoking fast internet connection. Your basic needs are met. All of the chips and carbonated beverages you could want. Thousands of friends on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, etc. Pretty much the average life here in America. Just one difference. You never leave your apartment. You never have actual contact with another human being.

Everything you know about the world outside your own four walls is what you have seen on television and the internet. A day like any other dawns. This day is different. You are forced out into the great outside world. Fear rises in you. Reality beyond the digital simulation beckons. Continue To Read More

All Things New

photo by Sarah Herod

He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, (for) the old order has passed away. The one who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” Also, he said “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:4-5

Do you believe these words of the Lord?
Do you have something in your past that you are ashamed of?
Do you carry hurts and pain from long ago?
Do you feel the burden of daily personal and worldly trials?
Today is for you!

Every bit of your past and present and future,  Jesus saw in the Garden and on the Cross…
every bit of it.
And He loved you all the more! In fact, when he said “I thirst.”, he was asking for much more than water. If it took such tremendous effort and pain to push up on his feet just to get a breath while hanging on the cross, then each and every word spoken there must have the most important meaning. He was saying, “I thirst for souls. Do not let what I have offered for you be in vain. Please accept my Love. Please come to me all you who are heavily burdened. I will give you eternal rest.”

So, take all of those things and bury them. They were with Jesus when He was on Calvary. He wants them buried with Him in the tomb.

You bury them too.
Bury them deep. Ask the Lord to help you.

And if you are Catholic, and need the Sacrament of Reconciliation then go! Go and spill out all your past transgressions, and know the power of forgiveness through the absolution of the priest’s blessing over you. When you receive it, you know you have been forgiven, and can let go of it forever. We have Our Lord’s promise in his own words to the apostles! “Whose sins you shall forgive they shall be forgiven.” There is nothing the Lord will not forgive if we have but a little sorrow, and the desire not to offend Him again. And there is no greater freedom!! Start fresh. We can always start fresh. It is a new day!

If you do this, you are planting a seed along with all the refuse you have buried.

And what is deeply buried can spring forth new life.

This is the transforming power of Jesus’ Resurrection.

“Behold, I make all things new!!”

Do you believe it?

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Happy Easter!!!

God is Dead: For the Good Fridays and Holy Saturdays of Our Lives

It was a sunny Good Friday in Tennessee (Laudare HQ), but at 3’oclock yesterday the world lost its Light. The one Hope that mankind had in one Man was stuffed out. And this Light that had been among men once shined a brilliant glow, but leading to that fateful hour it began to fade as it flickered towards its doom. Then, when the hour came, the world descended into a darkness not seen since before the creation of the universe, for the Son of God Himself, the Word which gave rise to all things, was murdered though He had done no wrong. In the brutal Passion and Death of Jesus was the encapsulation of every thing wrong in life. The Cross of His execution and the thorns crowned around His head were every thing unfair in this world. The spit and slanders which Our Lord had grown accustomed to were the cruelty of Continue To Read More